Wednesday 5 August, 2020

No vigilante justice after gunpoint robbery

Police have issued a witness appeal following the Christ Church incident.

Police have issued a witness appeal following the Christ Church incident.

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) wants Barbadians to let the law run its course once they report crimes.

Making this appeal earnestly once again is the Police spokesperson, Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler following a robbery at gunpoint in Christ Church yesterday. In the mentioned incident a 15-year-old schoolboy was robbed by two men who are now wanted by police.

Speaking to Loop, Cobbler said that persons need to continue to exercise care and vigilance at all times in this society as some people are preying on victims regardless of the hour and location once they believe that the opportunity to successfully carry out their act has presented itself.  He urged, “These street robberies occur anytime… exercise a level of vigilance always now.”

In light of yesterday’s crime, he also stressed that people need to make the police report and not seek to take the law into their own hands.

“We do not advocate for vigilante justice!” he asserted and he stressed that if anyone who was the target of a crime comes into contact or sees the perpetrator after the incident that they should call the police.

He called on persons to have confidence in law enforcement and let the process unfold to bring the person or persons to justice. He said there is no room for self-perceived justice in Barbados.

The police also issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward and help solve the crime as the two perpetrators from yesterday's robbery are still at large.

This incident comes two days before the National Consultation on Violence hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, at which the Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs will deliver the feature address on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Last year November, the Director, Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, Cheryl Willoughby told Loop News, “we have a collective responsibility as Barbadians to take care of our country. That includes reporting crime, and cooperating with the police. It may not be your problem now but you may be the next person seeking the assistance of law enforcement.”

Therefore, today, ahead of tomorrow’s consultation and activities planned for next month – Crime Awareness Month, Willoughby simply said that the National Consultation on Violence is timely and it will aim to identify present-day criminal risk factors, which keep increasing, and come up with strategies to combat them.

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